The goal: setting myself up for a lasting career (in woodworking) that ends up being my ultimate masterpiece. Stay tuned!Read More
I believe woodworking will always have a stable ground in my life and I look forward to the endless rabbet holes within the craft that I may find myself exploring.Read More
Without hand tools and “shop-less” - I lived this way for a few years until I decided I needed to re-enable my passion (in woodworking).Read More
I set my mind to it and didn’t give up even though I was wait-listed - the administrators can attest to my determination (they might use other words to describe my excitement). Coree Wehr, Foundations of Woodworking Graduate, fall 2017Read More
Two weeks ago I left stormy Port Townsend wondering what I would do with myself after wood school and how I would put my education to use. Now I'm excited to be embarking on the next seasonal chapter of my life in a new state, using my woodworking and related life skills in true homesteader fashion--repairing farm structures, sharpening garden tools, and turning into the capable handywoman I've always wanted to be.Read More
For the past several years, I've been focusing on how to build with simple, earthen materials: clay, sand and straw. I'd like to continue working with sustainable materials whenever possible. I believe in a built world that's non-toxic.
Foundations, Winter 2017Read More
After a stint in the U.S. Marine Corps, Brandon Denning is using his G.I. Bill funding to attend the Port Townsend School of Woodworking and Preservation Trades at Fort Worden State Park.
Brandon Denning took the long way to arrive at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking and Preservation Trades, but his G.I. Bill helped him walk through the door.
"Every day I could feel my brain expanding into uncharted territory, opening up pathways for new information to trickle down like water seeping over dry ground. I noticed patterns about myself and how I related to this skillset--first: struggle, second: slowly but surely get it, third: take off and run with it. I saw myself steadily improving each time I repeated a technique and employed it in projects as they increased in complexity."
By Jennry Monfore,
Foundations of Woodworking Winter 2018
Raphael Berrios is one of our Foundations of Woodworking scholarship students in Spring 2016. He also took our Timber Frame Tiny Home course and brought home one of the structures to finish for himself (you can follow his progress on his blog! Here’s what he had to say about what led him to PTSW, his experience so far, and thoughts for the future:Read More
Students in Design/Build Studio spent the past month designing and building a piece (or more!) of furniture. Here are photos from some of these projects- others are still in earlier stages of the process. We can't wait to see how the makers will finish them, and we'll be sure to share photos here when they do!Read More
A photo slideshow of students and their work from the last day of the Spring Foundations of Woodworking course. This is the cumulation of three months of hard work and an immense amount of learning. They created some truly beautiful pieces!Read More
A handful of thoughts from this Fall’s Foundations of Woodworking students as they reflect on their experience at PTSW.Read More
Working with the wood in such an intimate manner and learning from our incredibly knowledgeable instructors has been just the foundation I was looking for.Read More
I've pursued a selection of media, including ceramics, painting, glassblowing, and photography, but I've decided to dedicate myself to woodworking because of our species' rich heritage with the medium, and because I appreciate the collaborative aspect of working with a dynamic material like wood.Read More
A new crop of eager Foundations of Woodworking students is hard at work! Find out what inspires these carpenters, artists, boatbuilders, furniture makers, community builders, and dog lovers to dive head first into 12 weeks of woodworking...Read More
I came to a point where I recognized that something original, something artistic and creative was missing from my projects. Since taking the class in July of 2012 my own personal woodworking path has taken a definite change. I have found that marquetry takes a well crafted wooden art form to a different level of personal expression. A box or a tray becomes a canvas for something just a little bit more than a box or a tray.Read More